The Bambito Encounters were part of a concertation experience that took place before the electoral process of 1994. They were organized to help consolidate trust in the development of the democratic process, and to establish a state agenda around social development issues. Thus, before the elections were held, the Bambito Encounters I and II took place; and later the Bambito Encounter III. The first meeting was attended by representatives of all legally constituted political parties, of the government, of private stakeholdes and workers, as well as the Catholic Church, Universities, and the former presidents Belisario Betancur of Colombia and Julio Sanguinetti of Uruguay as special guests. In Bambito III, there was strong representation from civil society, thanks to the presence of, among others, the Women and Development Forum, APEMEP (Association of Small and Medium Producers) and CONAPIP (National Coordinator of Indigenous Peoples).
Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?
Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?
Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?
Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?
Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?
Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?
- not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program
- Mode of selection of participants
- Type of participants
- citizens civil society
- democratic innovation yields a non-binding decision